Cumulative Impact Net Gain

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Cumulative Impact Net Gain

  1. 1. Has Bainbridge Island’sShoreline Master Program had a positive or negative effect on the environment?
  2. 2. It depends on who you ask...
  3. 3. we asked theWashington Department of Fish & Wildlife
  4. 4. Our currentShoreline Master Program was approved in 1996...
  5. 5. so we asked for copies ofHydraulic Project Approvals(HPAs) for projects on the island from 1997-2010.
  6. 6. HPAs must be issuedfor all new construction, damage repair, and restoration projects.
  7. 7. Here’s what we found...
  8. 8. 750 foot net reduction of hard shoreline armoring (seawalls & bulkheads)
  9. 9. 1,536 square footreduction of opaqueoverwater structures (docks & floats)
  10. 10. 523 feet of creosotetreated wood bulkhead have been replaced
  11. 11. 583 creosote treated pilings have been or will be removed (some restoration projects have not been completed)
  12. 12. 4,036 cubic yards ofsand and gravel will bedeposited over time to“nourish” our beaches
  13. 13. 28,518 square feet ofnative vegetation has been planted
  14. 14. 125,676 square feet oftideland have been or will be restored(again, some restoration projects have not been completed)
  15. 15. 196,020 square feet ofeelgrass have been or will be planted
  16. 16. “No net loss” was not the standard in 1996, but it is today.
  17. 17. Our new SMP mustguarantee no net loss ofecological function as ofthe day it takes effect.
  18. 18. We won’t be able tocount the good things that have happened in the last 13 years...
  19. 19. but if we look at the island as a whole...
  20. 20. we see that existing policies are mitigating loss and producing gains.
  21. 21. Our cumulative impacthas produced a net gain in ecological function.
  22. 22. Nice!
  23. 23. Who says these things are good for the environment?
  24. 24. Dept. of Ecology staff, local planners, and paid consultants.
  25. 25. How much good is good enough?
  26. 26. They can’t tell us.
  27. 27. Want to know more? Google us!Bainbridge Shoreline Homeowners

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